Published: December 11, 2001
Beatle’s Album Sells for $35,165 at Lelands.com
SEAFORD, N.Y. – The first day of Lelands.com’s December auction, which concluded December 7, featured a 36-year-old Beatles LP of Help!, autographed by all four members (John Lennon twice, front and back), going for $35,165 (including the 15 percent buyer’s premium).
“The high price for the Help! album is due to [its] rarity,” explained Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands. “It was unusual to encounter all four of the ‘lads’ at once, and to have an album on hand when encountering them. It took a lot of work to get that accomplished.”
The second highest lot was Charlie Watts’ own white matte gold record for the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction, which went for $17,467.
Prices for the Bruce Springsteen collection, rdf_Descriptions from his early days in Asbury Park, included $15,851 for his earliest acetate recording; $9,259 for a guitar used by Bruce and his group, the Castiles; $7,736 for his earliest concert poster; and $5,812 for a handwritten letter to his landlady as he sat on the brink of stardom.
Prices paid for other highlights included $9,361 for the coat Ringo Starr wore on the Abbey Road cover; $7,032 for a signed first edition of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway; $7,032 for a signed Giant Steps album cover from John Coltrane; and $6,778 for an unused ticket from the Beatles concert at the Red Rock Amphitheater outside of Denver in 1964 (original price, $6.60).
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